Women Every Woman Needs to Know: Debbie Harry

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Name: Debbie Harry
Occupation: Musician
Birthday: July 1, 1945
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Full Name: Deborah Ann Harry
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

• Best known as the frontwoman (and only woman) of the New Wave band Blondie
• One of the most important women in rock and instrumental in the popularization of punk
• She was adopted as a child and moved to New Jersey with her new parents
• Famous for her “blank stare,” which made it feel like she was looking through you rather than at you, and her ability to make everything look so effortless
• Before Blondie, she was a secretary at BBC Radio, a waitress at Max’s Kansas City, a go-go dancer, and a Playboy Bunny
• Harry was over thirty when Blondie became popular
• Known for her platinum-blonde hair, dramatic eye makeup, and incredible sense of style
• Started trends such as two-toned hair (way before ombre), denim on denim, and asymmetrical dresses
• Strong advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage
• Recently, Harry passed on the opportunity to perform at the Winter Olympics in Sochi because of Russia’s anti-gay law, saying that “Blondie has always been a part of the downtown community in NYC, with many, many friends who represent alternative lifestyles. We feel very strongly about these friendships and associations, and don’t feel good about participating in a situation where biases and prejudices are paramount.”
• In addition to her musical career, she’s acted in over 30 films
• Must-have hits: “Hanging on the Telephone,” “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” “Atomic,” and “Sunday Girl”

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  • Dakotah M.

    “Heart of Glass” is an anthem. Thank you for this, Adriane

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